U.S. slaps sanctions on AQIM leader
Washington, United States (4E) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) senior leader Yahya Abu Hammam or his role in the group’s terrorist activities in North Africa and Mali.
In a statement, the Department of Treasury said that Hammam has been leading several AQIM operations in northern Mali after the death of former leader Nabil Abu-Alqama in a car crash late last year.
The Department added that Sahel-based Hammam also took part in several attacks in Mauritania and was also involved in AQIM’s kidnapping-for-ransom actions. It added that he was involved in kidnapping of several Europeans hostage in 2011.
“The United States will continue to support the efforts of France and the international community to combat AQIM’s violent extremism in Mali and throughout the region,” said David Cohen, the Treasury’s Under Secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.